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    Driving foundation work in Thailand

    Life is not all fun and play. Sometimes one must work for a living. Here I am hard a work helping to drive pilings into the ground. Soon the foundation of this home will rest on my efforts.



    Now this is how the Thailand professionals actually do their job without a farang in the mix.


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    Fook Hilly I was just about to dive through into my computer screen to catch you and as you were pulling yourself up onto that scaffolding. Scary shit!

    And that safety footwear you are wearing is a little worrying mate and your lucky Nedwalk wasn't around as you would of lost your shorts!

    Anyway you have prooven once again that being a big fat bastard comes in handy sometimes.

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    Nice one Hillbilly, that looks like fun!

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    Excellent stuff, lmfao!

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    Was just wondering today how they do this there, great to see ya getting involved again mate

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    Seen them use a backhoe bucket on longer ones, but same size.

    otherwise the big concrete H beam shaped ones are hammered in.

    The ease that they were going in makes you wonder if it is even worth the effort.....depends whats going on top i guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty
    The ease that they were going in makes you wonder if it is even worth the effort....
    Yes, looks too easy doesn't it..

    I may have to do something similar soon, I am thinking of buying a neighbouring plot which slopes down from the edge of our land.
    I'll have to put up a strong retaining wall at the end of that plot and level it up to the same level as our current.
    There is around 3 m level difference to the end of the other plot and that is also near to what becomes a klong during the monsoon season..

    Anyone who roughly knows the cost for driving down a cement stilt?
    I've been asking when seeing it done at construction sites but not even the operator of the lorry with the hammer wants to give a price indication.
    The stilts seem to be around 10 m long and 10x10", how much is one of those?

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    I can have a look at the price of the last lot we got done in bangkok....but driven is a different price to poured.....driven being hammered and poured where they drill the hole and pout the cement down making an in the ground pile.

    Driven is cheaper.

    I think from memory it was 12k per pile for hammered....but let me check and they hammer them until they hit bedrock and cannot go any further....in bkk they went to 21/23m......this is all inclusive price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nawty
    I think from memory it was 12k per pile for hammered..
    Thanks Nawty, hammered was what I was thinking of and you've given me an idea of what it will cost. I expect the same depth here, around 20m.

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    Looks like bloody quick sand. At that rate you would need 10,000 of the buggers tied to a thick raft to support a modest dunny, unless they hit some consistent hard ground all round. Anyway, looks like fun, good ruck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Longprong
    Looks like bloody quick sand
    that is just the surface soil

    it is easy to get a soil test done to see what the underlying strata are, cost around 10-15K, depending on how deep they need to go

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    Remember holes have been dug with the long poled shovels you can see just to the left of the lower youtube video making it possible for the piles to be pushed into the clay. It’s amazing just how much weight these friction piles will bear.
    Here is a web site that will give you an idea.

    Thai Engineering.com Construction knowledge in engineering fields ( Construction in Thailand) : Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation

    or the google translation at

    Google Translate
    Last edited by BKKBILL; 25-11-2009 at 12:18 PM.

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    Got my price wrong for the driven piles....driven are 6 to 8k and poured are 12 to 15k each, also depends on size of pile.....26 gauge or 35 gauge.

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